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Press Release
May 08 2007
For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Christopher Guerin, Vice President of Corporate Communications, (800) 222-4700 ext. 1030
Sweetwater Hires Seven New Employees
- Leading music technology retailer adds to sales force -

Sweetwater, the fifth-largest music instrument and pro audio retailer in the world, according to Music Trades magazine, and one of the fastest-growing companies in the industry, has hired seven new employees since the beginning of March, bringing its total employee count to 278. The company began 2007 with 257 employees.

Sweetwater's new Director of Education Technology, Vern Crews, has over 20 years of experience in the retail industry, having most recently served as General Manager of Lentine's Music in Akron, Ohio. His previous positions have included Director of Training and Education at Online Marketing, and District Manager of Kaman Music Corporation. He is a graduate of Burlington County Community College in Pemberton, New Jersey and has relocated to Fort Wayne from Stow, Ohio.

Education Technology Sales Engineer Jeff Buchanan was a band director for 20 years and previously worked in sales for Lentine's Music. He is a graduate of Bowling Green University. He and his family come from the Sandusky, Ohio area.

Sales Engineer Alan Finkbeiner worked for Evola Music, a large piano store chain in the greater Detroit area. He was an assistant store manager and top salesperson for the company. He is a graduate of Central Michigan University, a life-long drummer, and moved to Fort Wayne from Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.

Sales Engineer Bill Lewis was one of the first graduates of Full Sail recording school in Orlando, Florida and has spent over 20 years in the audio industry. He was chief audio engineer at the Paradise Island complex at DisneyWorld.

Sales Engineer Jonathan Parsons is a recent graduate of Full Sail; he grew up in West Virginia, but has lived in the Los Angeles, California area for the past two years.

Sales Assistant Michael Grebe is yet another Full Sail graduate who also counts Florida as home. He owned and operated his own freelance mobile recording studio in Nashville, Tennessee for nearly two years before joining Sweetwater.

Repair Coordinator Chris Wilson is originally from Minnesota and has worked in the restaurant business for the past 12 years, including managing Applebee's for three years. He lives in Fort Wayne with his wife Michelle and their five sons.

"Sweetwater has created 21 new jobs since the beginning of the year, and will continue to grow for the foreseeable future," notes Sweetwater founder and president Chuck Surack. "Our job growth is directly related to overall growth in sales, which continues at a phenomenal pace."

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